Pat Mills is the Readers’ Choice in this week’s Indies Unlimited Flash Fiction Challenge. The winning entry is decided by the popular vote and rewarded with a special feature here today. (In the case of a tie, the writer who submitted an entry first is the winner per our rules.) Without further ado, here’s the winning story:
by Pat Mills
Rose and Bill had compromised all their married life. Rose had wanted a house in the city; Bill a country house. They settled on a house in the suburbs.
When Bill had the opportunity to transfer out west, to the Arizona desert; even though Rose wanted to stay back east – they went west, and built a traditional adobe house: 75% sand, 25% clay.
Then, Bill had become interested in the prepper movement: attending a lot of meetings.
After a year of painting everyday, and only going into town once a week; Rose was not happy. She missed her friends.
Bill had to fly back east for business. The third night of Bill’s trip, he calls Rose at midnight.
“Rose, it’s me,” starts Bill, ” I have some news.”
“What?” She asks, still groggy.
“Miss Anna’s neighbor’s house is for sale. It’s a zoned duplex. It would allow us to travel.”
“Us… what do you mean?”
“How about buying it?” Bill said.
“For an investment?”Rose asks.
“No. I know you’re not happy, and my blood pressure has been too high, hanging around all those prepper guys.”
“So… you mean move?”
“Yes,” Bill said.
” From our dream home,” she asked incredulous.
“It was just a dream – the reality is different,” Bill said.
” Okay, I would love to live next door to Miss Anna,” Rose said excited.
“We’ll go west in the winter, when we retire,” Bill offered.
“Thank you. I love you. You’ve always known my heart,” Rose said quietly.